04/23/14 3:04pm

Enjoy a special screening of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (if you haven’t seen the movie, it is FANTASTIC!) at the Old Town Theater, now celebrating over 100 years of entertainment, located at 815-1/2 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The evening consists of a cocktail reception, exhibition of clothing worn on the film set, and a pre-screening film discussion on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. The event marks the launch of the City of Alexandria’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration.

Catered reception with cash bar begins at 6:30 p.m. and movie starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 each, or purchase sponsor-level tickets at $75 each; $30 of each sponsor ticket will be donated to the American Wounded Warrior Project and British Help for Heroes foundations in honor of the commemoration.

Special guests for the evening include Kyle Dalton with the Maritime Museum of San Diego. He worked on the HMS Surprise, a modern replica of an 18th-century Royal Navy frigate that was used in the making of the film. Brendan O’Toole, a 2007 TC William High School graduate and USMC Sgt. who served in Afghanistan, will also be speaking. He recently ran 3,600 miles across the country raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) serves veterans and service members injured on or after September 11, 2001 warriors and their families. With advancements in battlefield medicine and body army, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. WWP offers a variety of services to help warriors with every type of injury—physical and invisible—and their families adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Help for Heroes is a similar organization in the UK that supports servicemen and women and veterans in the Royal Navy, British Army, or Royal Air Force.

While war was declared in 1812, it did not reach Alexandria’s shores until 1814. The City of Alexandria and community partners are commemorating Alexandria in the War of 1812 through lectures, concerts, a film series, and specialty tours, culminating in a free Signature Event in Waterfront Park on Sunday, August 31, 2014 from noon—5 p.m.

To purchase tickets, visit the online shop or call 703.746.4242. For more information and a complete listing of Bicentennial events, visit this link.

04/23/14 2:30pm

As I have long planned since we expanded, I have switched RSS providers from FeedBlitz.com back to FeedBurner.com. If you have subscribed via the Feedblitz RSS, that feed is not going away yet. I have also switched email providers for this blog going from FeedBlitz.com to MailChimp.com. If you subscribe via email, IMHO, the only thing you will notice is a better design.

MailChimp is one of the most intuitive and simple email marketing packages around. It is incredibly powerful and has great social media integration and their adorable chimp, Freddie. MailChimp offers both free and affordable plans that work well for low-volume and high-volume email campaigns. I have tested this out the last few days, made some adjustments, and am ready to roll it out. Stay awesome, MailChimp!

Hope you like the changes. Let me know in an email or post your comment below. Thanks!

04/23/14 12:28pm


04/23/14 11:45am

QuinTango, a quintet of two violins, cello, bass and piano dedicated to the musical performance of tango, will be in concert this Saturday (April 26, 2014) at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 8009 Fort Hunt Road. The concert starts @ 7:30 PM and is part of the ‘Concerts at St. Luke’s’ series. Repertoire will include music from QuinTango’s new CD (due out in July 2014).

Tickets at the door; cash or check only. $20, $15 seniors, $10 teachers and students. QuinTango also does great work with area youth.

For more information, call St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 703-765-4342 or Joan 703-548-6811. For more information about QuinTango, visit this link.

To see what Tango music is all about see the terrific video above.

04/23/14 11:19am


I’ve told you the MV Big Flea (a.k.a ‘The World’s Great Flea Market’) was coming. The flea market is a BIG fundraiser for the Mount Vernon Community School, which is part of Alexandria Public Schools. The flea market is happening THIS Saturday at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center located at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue in Del Ray.

This is a really creative way for you to give back to our schools. The fun starts at 7:00 AM with $10 admission while at 8:00 AM you can get in free (but, will the ‘good’ stuff be gone?). There is also a 50/50 raffle as well which has at least $1,000 in the pot already.

For more information, visit this link. Hope to see you there!